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OBITUARY PAGE - OCTOBER 20, 1999 - COMMERCE, GEORGIA

Donald L. Bowden Sr.
Donald L. Bowden Sr., 68, of Commerce, died Thursday, October 14, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Bowden was born June 14, 1931. He was a son of the late Fredrick and Louise Garner Bowden.
Mr. Bowden was a retired truck driver and was of the Baptist denomination.
Memorial services were held Monday, October 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby Bowden, Homer, Kenny Bowden, Gillsville, and Tim Bowden, Barstow, Calif.; one daughter, Ann Boland, Gaffney, S.C.; fiancée, Betty Helms, Commerce; one brother, Billy Bowden, Maysville; two sisters, Freddie Barton and Sarah Daughtery, both of Atlanta; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999

Charles A. McElroy
Charles Asa "Charlie" McElroy, 70, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 17, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Madison County, Mr. McElroy was born September 24, 1929. He was a son of the late Grover H. McElroy and Tellie Mae Rice McElroy.
Mr. McElroy was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a retired appliance repairman. He was a member of Moons Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2872.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 20, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Revs. Carlton Peters and William Puckette officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Lottie Belle Williams McElroy; three sons, David Hix, Jefferson, Clay F. McElroy, Commerce, and Randy L. McElroy, Ila; three daughters, Vivian Eubanks and Inya Russell, both of Comer, and Wanda Horne, Commerce; three brothers, Grover McElroy and Keith H. McElroy, both of Danielsville, and Lee Ray McElroy, Easley, S.C.; two sisters, DonNell M. Allen and Elaine Haynie, both of Danielsville; step-mother, Eula Mae McElroy, Danielsville; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999

Jesse D. Lewallen
Jesse David Lewallen, 84, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 17, 1999, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Lewallen was born March 14, 1915. He was a son of the late William Russell and Lula Segars Lewallen.
Mr. Lewallen was a retired carpenter and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Evans Lewallen.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Brad Wilson, Vaughn Howington Jr. and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Keith Seagraves, Wesley Jordan, Kenny Lee, William Lewallen, Chuck Bray, Master Mitchell Lee, John Thomas Stevens and Lester Stevens served as pallbearers. Members of the staff of Crystle Springs Nursing Home served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Monnie Hooper Lewallen; two step-daughters, Martha Jordan, Athens, and Hilda Massey, Commerce; three brothers, J.T. Lewallen, Clarkesville, Major Lewallen, Commerce, and William Russell Lewallen, Homer; two sisters, Mary Howington, Monroe, and Izora Stevens, Commerce; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999

Sterling R. Wofford
Sterling Roger Wofford, 69, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 17, 1999, at his residence.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Wofford was born January 24, 1930. He was a son of the late James David and Vester Haggard Wofford.
Mr. Wofford was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a retired carpenter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie C. Moore Wofford.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one step-daughter, Janice Hendrix, Gillsville; one step-son, Glenn Price, Gibson; two brothers, Jessie Wofford, Locust Grove, and John Wofford, Commerce; two sisters, Syble Farmer, Jonesboro, and Agnes Tolbert, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999

Gregory D. Massey
Gregory Dean Massey, 30, of Gillsville, died Thursday, October 14, 1999, at Elbert County Hospital.
Mr. Massey was born October 23, 1968 in Commerce. He was the son of Billy and Barbra Massey, Gillsville.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 17, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, Jason Massey and Tony Massey, both of Gillsville; one sister, Charlotte Underwood, Gillsville; grandmother, Ora Bell Hopper, Gillsville; several uncles, an aunt and three nieces.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999

Johnnye L. Gaither
Mrs. Johnnye L. Tarpkins Gaither, 65, of Commerce, died Friday, October 15, 1999, at BJC Medical Hospital, Commerce.
Mrs. Gaither was a daughter of M.B. Tarpkins, Commerce, and the late Rennie Tarpkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eurice Gaither.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 18, in the chapel of Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, with the Revs. R.E. Glass, Scotty Randolph, Roy Tarpkins and E.L. Pittman officiating. Burial was in the Tarpkins Family Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include son and daughter-in-law, Eurice Gaither Jr. and Angie Gaither; son, Ozzie Lee Tarpkins, Commerce; sisters and brothers-in-law, Willie and Obbie Westbrook, Carrie T. and John Greer, Edna M. and Willie Rucker and Jennifer and Cliff Stroud, all of Commerce, and Veverly A. and Earl Horne, Atlanta; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lewis and Cindy Tarpkins and the Rev. Oland and Carol Tarpkins, all of Commerce; brothers, M.B. Tarpkins Jr., Arizona, James Tarpkins, Commerce, Willie Duke, North Carolina, and Edward Cooper, Athens; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Forestglen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999

Maybelle H. Morgan
Mrs. Maybelle H. Morgan, 101, of Hapeville, died Saturday, October 16, 1999, at Sunbridge Nursing Home.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Morgan was born May 11, 1898. She was a daughter of the late Lon L. and Bertie Stowe Hill.
Mrs. Morgan was retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of Hapeville United Methodist Church. She was also a member of several civic organizations. Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Jefferson Morgan.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ed Cook and Lee Almy officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, James P. Morgan, Hapeville; three daughters, Ann Adams, Orlando, Fla., Reba Bennett, Toccoa, and Blanche Craven, Gillsville; one sister, Pauline Martin, Carnesville; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hapeville United Methodist Church, 3510 Atlanta Avenue, Hapeville, GA 30354, or Sun Bridge Care and Rehabilitation, 315 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale, GA 30274.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999

Robert S. Hemphill
Robert Samuel Hemphill, 58, of Jefferson, died Thursday, October 14, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hemphill was born June 24, 1941. He was a son of the late Burley and Myrtle Bennett Hemphill Sr.
Mr. Hemphill was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War, and was employed with Wayne Farms. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 16, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Donnie Garrett, Ricky Hemphill, Jerry Wilkes, Scott Kellum, Jeff Kellum and Mark Kellum served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Wilkes Hemphill; two sisters, Beverly Nesbit, Commerce, and Betty Kellum, Greensboro, N.C.; and one brother, Burley Hemphill Jr., Jefferson.
Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church or to the Methodist Children's Home, c/o Bethany UMC, 4659 Brockton Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999

Louise H. White
Mrs. Louise Hardy White, 50, of Conyers, died Wednesday, October 13, 1999, at Rockdale Medical Center.
Mrs. White was born in Barrow County, a daughter of the late Thelma Sims Hardy and Hoyt Hardy Sr.
She was retired from Equifax. Family members say that Mrs. White was "a beloved mother, grandmother and companion."
Funeral services were held Friday, October 15, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Dwayne Klepal officiating. Burial was in the Bethabra Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela James and Greg Pearson and Lori James and Jeff Trivelli, all of Loganville; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Emily James, Gainesville; companion, Pete Mitchell, Conyers; four sisters, Betty Wilbanks, Jefferson, Barbara Skinner, Maysville, Jane Phillips, Monroe, and Myra Brock, Winder; two brothers, Hoyt Hardy Jr., Dacula, and Jerry Hardy, Gainesville; and four grandchildren, Josh, Chasity, Taylor and Adam.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 20, 1999



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